Monday, November 20, 2017

muroji & hasedera

Untitled Sunday, we were heading out to Nara when Satoshi who has a bad habit of walking in front of me, took me out and I landed "kerplat" on the pavement.

I usually have a chance to "deflect" him, but this time he came out of nowhere....luckily it happened right in front of our place, so we headed back upstairs for me to clean my wounds...

Both palms have teeny asphalt holes (try washing dishes, showering, even putting on skincare....sting!)...both my knees have scrapes...my chin has a bump (hope it won't turn black and blue) and my lip looks like I have a huge cold sore on it...

On top of that, my arms and legs are sore probably from trying to brace my fall...at least I didn't break anything and didn't need to go to the hospital...

Untitled Anyway, from our place to Muroji it is about an hour an 45 minutes by train to Muroguchiono station, then by bus another 10 minutes or so.

Luckily during this time of year they have extra buses running, so we were able to get onto one as soon as we arrived at the station.

You need to walk in a bit from the bus stop but there are some shops to look at along the way.

Untitled From the entrance to Okunoin (the farthest inside temple), you need to climb stairs...lots of them and they go pretty much straight up...

I took my time going up and held onto the skinny rails that were almost all along the way up.

I also took my time coming down as it is quite steep and didn't want to fall "again"....

Untitled Treat while we waited for the bus to come...a slightly warm, yomogi (mugwort) mochi filled with sweet bean paste.

Untitled Also during this time of year there is a bus that takes you directly from Muroji to Hasedera...luckily we were able to catch one of these...

The ride is about 50 minutes through winding roads.

Untitled Once at Hasedera, there is a huge staircase to walk up to the temple.

Untitled It is quite peaceful and beautiful from up top.

If you have some time, pay the extra 1000 yen to go inside and see the Eleven Faced Kannon, it is 10 meters tall (about 32 feet high). You can walk around it too...talk about mouth open drop jaw moment...

Untitled And from Hasedera to the station it is about a 30 minute walk.

We were glad to check out some of fall foliage, though the weather was overcast and cold.

It seems we've been thrown head first into winter...maybe those stink bugs really know something yeah?!

Have a good week!

6 comments:

KirkK said...

Oh my Kat! Hope things heal quickly.

Anonymous said...

Oh, so glad you weren't seriously injured, although your scrapes and bruises sound pretty bad! (I was wondering why the "store bought" food) :)
I've been wanting to go to Hasedera too. Looks like it should really be an autumn trip. the colors are so beautiful!
v

jalna said...

So beautiful! I'm so J.

Rowena said...

ouch. I was just waiting for some kind of reward or treat to makeup for the fall and there it was looking so delish!

mariko said...

I hope you are doing okay! The leaves are gorgeous.

K and S said...

Thanks Kirk, gotta take things one day at a time...

V, their pamphlet shows lots of cherry blossoms, so I think Spring is good too!

Now that you are retired Jalna, you can come more often :)

Thanks Rowena, man it's been ages since I had "strawberries" on da knees!

Thanks Mariko, doing okay...

Take care everyone!
Kat